Is Keeping the “End in Mind” stifling Innovation and Creativity of Students

The uploaded article discusses the processes leading from initial idea to the adoption in society. I will be discussing the need for process skills as critical to a prosperous future.

I am reminded time and again how important that problem solving, using creative insight in conjunction with technology is to the success of businesses. Moreover, it is increasingly demonstrate how important  these (and others of course) are to economic success.

As this article points out, innovation is a “process” not and end. That too often society mythologizes the individual inventor in the garage instead of the  multiple steps, which includes failures, setbacks and so on.

Where am I going with this? Well, in the conventional way of teaching, we teach with the “end in mind.” The “end” is too often marks and grades that will help to be competitive in the world of work. And I think the elephant in the room is the cult of the “grade or GPA.” I cannot count the number of times that I have discussed with my students how important the Learning Skills are on a report card, or interim report. In other words, the process skills (as I will call them) that demonstrate his/her ability to progress with his/her work. Yes, mastery of curriculum is necessary, nevertheless, when students get into higher education they are going to have to demonstrate their ability to work collaboratively, pick up the slack of a coworker and show initiative. Additionally, they are going to be expected to be a solid problem solver and innovate to be a valuable member of the company team. These are all processes not immediate rewards in the form of marks.

Will students be prepared for this brave new world?


32 Innovations That Will Change Your Tomorrow – Interactive Feature –


Yes, this story is moving and has a wow factor, but I think that it is important to ask ourselves as educators (as a community) how we can help develop the ability for children to become engaged and then develop higher level thinking that moves towards innovation.

Self-taught African Teen Wows M.I.T. – YouTube.

Don’t forget the TED-Ed website. TED is a website dedicated to the sharing of new and innovative ideas in every aspect of life…including education, of course. �There is a lot of useful information, and a community well worth joining. Take a look, I hope that you will find helpful resources for your teaching.

TED-Ed | Lessons Worth Sharing.

via TED-Ed | Lessons Worth Sharing.

Admittedly, I like reading research about what is new and cool in teaching. Yes, some ideas are really cool, but will not work with my students. However, I imagine that when you find a resource/s that are organized in one spot – like me – you latch on and take a good look around to see what can be used, or provide you new ways to approach teaching. This website hosted on Edutopia is just one of those sites.

Hopefully, you will find at least one idea, link or new way of approaching your teaching.

Happy exploring.


via In the News: 14 Open Educational Resources for High School | Edutopia.

via WHERE GOOD IDEAS COME FROM by Steven Johnson – YouTube.

Teaching technology? Using our minds to generate and develop new ideas through the connecting with others. Ultimately our minds/thinking is the most powerful technology of all…isn’t it?

via WHERE GOOD IDEAS COME FROM by Steven Johnson – YouTube.